A Little Skiing, A Little Wine

Today’s post has little to do with wine, and more to do with life…enjoy!

33.2 miles from my doorsteps as a winter wonderland that I’ve neglected for seven years. With life, work, wine and other business adventures and hobbies the winter months have become an exercise in surviving till spring than enjoying the beauty that surrounds the Pacific Northwest.

My step-son has been snowboarding since he was 9. It is an activity that he does with his dad. From time to time he’s expressed interested in going with me, but timing has never worked out. He’s turning 13 soon.  When talking about what he wanted for his birthday, he said, “I want Josh to take me snowboarding.” Not a party? Not a sleep-over? Needless to say I was stoked…and scared. Spending 8 hours with a teenage boy is a little like spending 8 hours with a crazy monkey hyped up on sugar.

I rented my skis, packed the Jeep, and we made the 48 minute journey to the top of Mt. Spokane. The video camera came along because his mom has never seen him snowboard either and she couldn’t come with us. After getting my bearings with a few Bode Miller-esque downhill runs (it’s amazing how the muscle memory remains), the camera came out to film Ian.

When the camera came on, Ian immediately went in to “Welcome to Drink Nectar.com, I am your host…” – It was hilarious and unscripted. From there we put together this video montage of the five senses of snowboarding (and skiing). The best way to end any perfect day on the slopes is with a glass of wine. Ever seen a 13 year old give his best swirl and sniff (no sipping involved)?

The wine featured in this video is a 2007 Cleavage Creek Secret Red. Look for this in Episode 38 of DrinkNectar.com



Owner of Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane, WA. (@nectarwine) Publisher of Spokane Wine Magazine (@spowinemag), author, speaker, consultant and internet marketer with Nectar Media (@nectarmedia)

9 comments on “A Little Skiing, A Little Wine

  1. Doug Haugen

    The boy’s a natural host and vinophile (eventually). Great stuff!

    1. drinknectar

      Doug – He’s such a fun kid. He’s a natural in front of the camera!

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  3. Divatink

    Love it! How great!

  4. Seattle Wine Gal

    Seriously, AWESOME post Josh. Everyone loves to get the personal side of bloggers like you. Thanks for welcoming us babe!!

  5. Sip with Me!

    That’s awesome your boy wanted to spend his birthday with you and he’s absolutely hilarious and you’re right, totally a natural. Looks like a great day on Mt. Spokane!

    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, ladies! The day was a blast. Being a step-dad is an challenging role to play (especially since he has a Father who is involved in his life and loves him very much). I was thrilled that he wanted to go snow boarding for his birthday. He’s a good kid with a great personality – now if we can just survive the teen years!

  6. Karen

    Hey Josh and Ian,
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed watching, I didn’t know that Ian could snow board like that! Great job Ian. Josh you did well in your skiing too.
    Ian is a very lucky boy to have you in his life. Looks like the two of you had a really fun day.
    Love you both, Grandma

    1. drinknectar

      Thanks for commenting, Karen! Ian is definitely a great snowboarder. I’m glad you got to see the video. We’ll see you guys in a few weeks!



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